Second grader writes letter for Alshon Jeffery to cheer receiver up
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was despondent after his late dropped pass against the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional Round of the playoffs ended up in the arms of Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore. The drop preserved a 20-14 win for the Saints.
Jeffery was comforted by both head coach Doug Pederson and quarterback Nick Foles on the sideline, but that did not stop the wide out from getting down in the dumps about the missed opportunity.
However, a second-grader may have lifted his spirits. On Tuesday, a letter written by eight-year-old Abigail Johnson was posted by her father on Twitter, where Johnson penned a heartfelt message to Jeffery telling him not to feel so bad.
— Raymond Johnson (@RaymondJ17) January 15, 2019
If this doesn’t warm Jeffery’s spirits, nothing will.
The 28-year-old caught five passes for 63 yards during the Eagles’ loss. On the season, Jeffery hauled in 65 receptions for 843 yards and six touchdowns.
Jeffery signed a one-year deal with Philadelphia in March 2017 and played a pivotal role in the Eagles’ run to their first ever Super Bowl title last season. He caught 57 passes for 789 yards and nine touchdowns during the regular season and snared 12 balls for 219 yards and three scores in the playoffs.
The St. Matthews, S.C. native, who played his collegiate football at the University of South Carolina, was originally selected by the Chicago Bears in the second round (45th pick overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played the first five seasons of his NFL career with the Bears, making one Pro Bowl in 2013 after finishing with 89 catches, 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns.